Oud-Heverlee celebrates bi-centenary of birth of Don Bosco
Monday, 17 August 2015
The Salesian Society celebrated the bi-centenary of the birth of Don Bosco in Oud-Heverlee on Sunday. Around a thousand people attended an open-air mass celebrated by the Bishop of Ghent, Luc Van Looy, himself a Salesian. This Sunday’s ceremony brought the year of celebrations to an end and provided a platform to introduce a new educational project. “We regularly try to adapt the thinking of Don Bosco to modern times,” explains Carlo Lootens. The Salesians introduced their new project entitled “Learn with Don Bosco as your guide and companion”, intended for schools, youth movements and Salesian staff, which will be effective from September.
Don Bosco started his teaching activities at Turin in the nineteenth century, implementing training for youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds. He started evening classes consisting of vocational training and developed his own style and method of education, based upon proximity, warmth and reason. He set up the Salesian Society so as to recruit like-minded individuals.